While more common in women, men do get urinary tract infections (UTIs). While UTIs are rare in males under 50 years, they can increase in occurrence afterwards. They happen when bacteria enters the opening of the urethra and multiply in the urinary tract; the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. A UTI is more common in your lower urinary tract, which includes your bladder and urethra.
Symptoms of UTI
- Urinating more often or waking from sleep to urinate
- Painful or burning urination
- Pain or pressure in your lower abdomen
- Foul smelling urine
- Leaking urine
Dysuria, or painful urination, is the main symptom in men with a UTI. Dysuria, frequent urination, and urinary urgency account for about 75% of the noticeable symptoms of men with UTIs. Acute onset could include hesitancy, urinary dribbling, and slow stream, but they are only 33% predictive for UTI.
Increased risk of UTI
There are some factors that could raise your risk of having a urinary tract infection; they include:
Urinary tract problems – If you have had surgery on your urinary tract in the past or if you are unable to control when you urinate, your risk increases for UTIs.
Not being circumcised – The foreskin of the penis can allow germs to get trapped and enter your urinary tract.
Prostate problems – An enlarged prostate gland or infected prostate (prostatitis) increases the change for infection.
Blockages – Blockage in your urinary tract, such as kidney stones, can cause UTIs.
Sexual intercourse – Your chances of getting a UTI increases if your partner has an infection.
Weak immune system – If your body has trouble fighting infections, it might not be prepared to fight off bacteria that cause UTIs.
Diagnosing and Treating UTIs
In order to test for a urinary tract infection we will gather a urine sample to learn what bacteria type is causing the infection. It may also be required to collect a blood sample to check for a prostate infection. If your UTI does not get better or you get another UTI, it may be necessary to have imaging tests done to show if there is an infection in your kidneys, if there is any damage to your urinary tract, if there are blockages, or any other problems.
We will prescribe the antibiotics needed to treat these infections and will recommend ways, through diet and lifestyle, you can prevent them.
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